Molecular Biology

Molecular Biology

The Molecular Biology concentration is designed for students who have a desire to continue their education through graduate school. This option will prepare students for graduate training programs in the biological sciences, including cellular and molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology and genetics, and will also prepare graduates for entry-level positions in biological research and technology laboratories. This option will also provide a solid foundation for application to health-related professional schools.

Points of Pride

  • Nearly 20 percent of students do research with a faculty member and many go on to publish papers and travel to conferences.
  • Faculty currently have grants from National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Alabama State Department of Education.
  • Students can join the Biology Honor Society, βββ.
  • The Department has several scholarships specifically for Biology majors.
  • Two grants in the department S-STEM Makers and LSAMP pay students to perform research with faculty.
  • A new mentoring program helps students get adjusted to being a Biology student and provides employment opportunities.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, geography and industry, here is a sample of the future job growth and salaries in this area.
This program prepares you to go on to professional or graduate school, which leads to careers in medicine or molecular biology related fields.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

JobsMedian PayJob Growth through 2028
Biochemist $93,280 6% (1,900 more jobs)
Microbiologist$71,6505% (1,100 more jobs)
Genetic Counselor$80, 37027% (800 more jobs)
Prosthetists$69,12020% (1800 more jobs)
Physician’s Assistant$108,61031% (37,000 more jobs)
Medical Scientist$84,810 8% (10,600 more jobs)
Biological Technician$44,5007% (5,700 more jobs)

For More Information

Biology Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 301

Soaring Warhawks

  • Rachel Cox is pursuing her Masters in Medical Microbiology at Creighton University.
  • Omar Brito-Estrada received a full scholarship to the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Ph.D. program.
  • Elizabeth Smith is earning a Ph.D./M.D at the University of Nebraska on a full scholarship.
  • Krista Hagan is currently completing Medical School in Australia.
  • Cynthia Bang is currently attending Auburn University Pharmacy School.
  • Kaori Knights runs the Flow Cytometry Lab at Kansas State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
  • Anna Parker and Aya Zaeid have both graduated from law school.
  • Nathan Frazier graduated with a Masters in Poultry Science from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Colorado.
  • Andrew Nichols was resenting accepted into graduate school and will be pursuing a Ph.D.

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires and the available electives. For a full review of this program in detail check the program sheet online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Sample courses for the Biology Health Sciences program include:

Course NameCourse Description
Orientation to Medical SciencesA seminar series that explores the different health care careers.
Cells, Molecules, and LifeOur freshman biology is unique. First year biology students have the opportunity to design their own experiment, perform it, analyze the data and then present their work to their peers. A how to for scientists.
ImmunologyA tour of both the adaptive and innate immune systems focusing on current thinking and examples. Lab involves designing your own research project and then carrying out the research agenda on a novel system, a toad.
Vertebrate PhysiologyA complete tour of all vertebrate systems. This course fulfills the Auburn Pharmacy school pre-requisite and includes a live tissue lab where students get to perform surgeries.
Medical MicrobiologyInvestigation of the pathogens common to the human body.
EpidemiologyAn online course looking at disease progression in populations. The courses is built around classic epidemic case studies.
VirologyViruses, their biology, history, and behavior.
GeneticsOur genetics labs allows students to discover genes in a nematodes. Students perform their own crosses and maintain their own nematode colonies.
Cell BiologyA study of cells and their function. Lab includes designing an experiment on cancer cell lines to look for compounds that promote or deter cancerous cell growth.
Molecular GeneticsAn in-depth review of genetics and the techniques necessary for studying genes.

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